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“I was one of - if not the very last - home loan customers that Tom had. I never had the pleasure of meeting Tom in person, ironically we were...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Brian Prestemon - Dallas, TX

“This is such sad news! Tommy was the kindest guy. His infectious laugh and friendship will be missed. Prayers to all of the family. ”
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“Tom, you were a great friend. Made America feel like home. Don't think it would have been possible without you. 31st December 2012!! Your joyous...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Sam Mallick - Richardson, TX

“Tom was a very kind and genuine person. I will miss him. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Lance Williams - Bedford, TX

“My condolences to Toms family and friends, Godspeed to all. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Jason Buffalo - Needville, TX


Andre Thomas Smerke, 59, of Dallas, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 11, 2019.

Tom was born in Warsaw, Poland, on December 23, 1959. Tom immigrated in 1969 with his mother to the United States where she married Dr. John W. Smerke in Fort Worth, Texas. The family joined Saint Andrews Catholic Church where Tom attended school. He then attended Trinity Valley High School and after graduation enrolled in classes at Southern Methodist University. Tom later transferred to Texas Christian University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance. Tom worked for many years in the mortgage business. He worked in Acquisitions Consulting, in Operations Strategy and Performance, as a Mortgage Banker, and most recently as a Retail Sales Manager at Colonial National Mortgage.

Tom loved spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, and traveling. His favorite place to visit was Costa Rica where he learned to speak Spanish and enjoyed the beautiful outdoors. Tom's Polish roots were an important part of his life—he spoke Polish fluently and returned to Poland many times to visit loved ones.

All of us will miss Tom's deep love of family and friends, his sense of humor, and his great smile and laugh. Our hearts are broken, but we find peace and joy knowing that God's love is everlasting.

Tom is survived by his mother, Barbara Smerke, his stepbrother, Marcin Orzel, his daughter, Andrea Kline, his uncle, Marion Zygadlo, his aunt, Nina Zawislak, and other beloved extended family members.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Piotr Orzel, and his stepfather, John Smerke.

The funeral service will be held at Marty Leonard Community Chapel, 3131 Sanguinet St., Fort Worth, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texas Christian University.